The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Literary Arts students recently received awards in the prestigious 2017-2018 Regional Scholastic Writing Competition. Writing entries represented diverse categories, including dramatic script, humor, journalism, personal essay/memoir, short story, poetry, science fiction/fantasy, as well as general fiction and non-fiction portfolios. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2:00PM at the Eudora Welty Home in Jackson, Mississippi.

Entries receiving American Voices nominations and Gold Key awards, which are the highest level of achievement, will be sent to New York City where they will compete in the national competition among 80 other regions.

2018 AMERICAN VOICES NOMINEE – Only five students are chosen as nominees to represent Mississippi as American Voices Award winners on the national level. Shelly Castilaw, a 2018 senior, received an American Voices nomination in this year’s competition. Amory Campbell, a 2018 senior, received a nomination last year in the 2017 competition.

These are the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Award recipients at Mississippi School of the Arts. One-hundred percent of the Literary Arts Class of 2018 received a Scholastic award. Congratulations to all students for a job well done!

Christopher Aaron (Literary 2018)

  • Gold – Short Story – On The Ropes, A View through the Eyes of Icarus
  • Silver – Senior Portfolio – Lachesism
  • Silver – Poetry – Casket Sharp
  • Silver – Poetry – Like Forked Tongues
  • Silver – Poetry – Memoirs from the Light in my Eyes
  • Silver – Poetry – Oliguria
  • Silver – Short Story – As the Masses Return
  • Silver – Everywhere at the End of Time
  • Honorable – Poetry – Lobotomized
  • Honorable – Short Story – Veneration of a Martyr

Katelyn Bergeron (Literary 2018)

  • Silver – Senior Portfolio – Vita ad Desperato
  • Silver – Poetry – Mermaid’s Graffiti
  • Silver – Poetry – The End
  • Silver – Short Story – Silly Boy

Jadaccia Brown (Literary 2018)

  • Gold – Poetry – Secrets in Her Petals
  • Silver – Personal Essay/Memoir – What Keeps You Up at Night?
  • Honorable – Flash Fiction – To Be Human
  • Honorable – Flash Fiction – What It Takes to Be You
  • Honorable – Personal Essay/Memoir – How to Fix a Broken Daughter

Amory Campbell (Literary 2018)

  • Gold – Poetry – The Growing Pains of Reincarnation
  • Silver – Flash Fiction – Apples That Fall Far, Rot
  • Honorable – Dramatic Script – The Visitation Room
  • Honorable – Flash Fiction – Dying on My Own Terms
  • Honorable – Flash Fiction – O’Hare’s in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Honorable – Short Story – The Principles of Eleven Dollars

Shelly Castilaw (Literary 2018)

  • American Voices Nominee – Short Story – Tech Support
  • Gold – Senior Portfolio – Life Isn’t Always Sunshine and Daisies
  • Gold – Poetry – Gathered
  • Gold – Short Story – Tech Support
  • Silver – Short Story – Only a B
  • Honorable – Flash Fiction – Chastising

Madison Cox (Literary 2019)

  • Silver – Poetry – Saccharine

Tyler Davis (Literary 2019)

  • Gold – Poetry – Identity Crisis (View Work)
Charlotte Drane (Literary 2019)

  • Honorable – Short Story – Midnight Monsters

Bradley Ducote (Literary 2018)

  • Honorable – Flash Fiction – Competition in Paradise
  • Honorable – Short Story – Dirty Mike’s Circus

Jordyn Harper (Literary 2018)

  • Silver – Short Story – Into the Attic

Sidney Medina (Literary 2019)

  • Gold – Poetry – Pieces of My Life

Mallori Peek (Literary 2019)

  • Silver – Personal Essay/Memoir – Coins Collected

Madison Reams (Literary 2019)

  • Gold – Novel Writing – The Ice Cream Truck
  • Honorable – Dramatic Script – September

Marley Roberson (Literary 2018)

  • Gold – Senior Portfolio – Evocative

Junyla Silmon (Dance 2018)

  • Silver – Critical Essay – Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  • Silver – Critical Essay – Star Wars: A Never-Ending Phenomenon
  • Silver – Critical Essay – Where Are All the Heroes?

Katherine Westbrook (Literary 2019)

  • Silver – Poetry – Bleeding hearts and Big-Winged Birds
  • Silver – Poetry – Empty Pockets
  • Silver – Poetry – Lesser Prophets

Cassidy Williams (Literary 2018)

  • Gold – Flash Fiction – Skin Doesn’t Make a Father
  • Silver – Poetry – Irresponsible Thoughts
  • Silver – Poetry – Small, Short, and Simple
  • Silver – Short Story – Bad kids and Sticky Notes
  • Honorable – Poetry – Deconstruction of Innocence
  • Honorable – Poetry – Sunday Service – and the Door

Maggie Wimberly (Literary 2018)

  • Silver – Flash Fiction – Average
  • Silver – Poetry – Processing


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